Leon Lewis Sr. received his first shipment of General tires in 1919, the year he opened one of the earliest General Tire & Rubber Co. franchises in the United States.
Clad wheels require extreme care during mounting and balancing. Without it, a dealer will pay the ultimate price: replacing the wheel. Some dealers are acutely aware of the latest market trend affecting mounting and balancing.
According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires increased in July. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported they sold 1.2% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 1.2% increase in June and a 0.3% increase in May.
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology is not new, but technicians are beginning to see more of it as car manufacturers add more GDI-equipped vehicles to their product lines. Robert Bosch LLC says in 2015 37% of new vehicles will feature GDI technology. By 2020, 49% of all new vehicles will have GDI engines. Bosch projects it will have 56% OE market share in GDI technology in 2017.
"We are tire DEALERS, not INSTALLERS.” Those were the words written on our website by a tire dealer when Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced it was selling tires online. And yes, as the capital letters signify, he was yelling. He was angry.
Even though there are 525 people on the Black’s Tire Service Inc. payroll, owner Ricky Benton says not a single one of those people works for him.
Full name: Ricky James Benton
Ricky Benton knew he wanted to be his own boss. Growing up on a farm, he was accustomed to a hard day’s work. By the time he graduated from West Columbus High School in 1973, he had cashed paychecks from a sewing factory, a tire retread shop and a plywood mill.
Each month we ask members of our National Advisory Council (NAC) a question or questions on a current hot topic. This month we asked, “What are your thoughts on tire registration? Do you believe it should be made mandatory or remain voluntary?” Here are some of their responses
The tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) on the 2005 – 2013 Subaru Legacy and Outback checks the tire pressures of all four road wheels when the vehicle is driven at speeds above 25 mph (40 km/h), and warns in the event of a loss of pressure by means of a low tire pressure warning light.
Tire Pros is taking its marketing training on the road, meeting with its network of independent tire dealers for eight hours of discussion and data sharing during its Tire Pros University (TPU) summer classes.
The newest tire in Michelin North America Inc.’s fleet isn’t designed to be an original equipment star. But that’s not to say the tire manufacturer isn’t expecting big things from the Defender LTX M/S. Michelin believes the Defender LTX is destined to become its top selling light truck tire — in part because it’s replacing the company’s current No. 1 LT tire.
McCreary Tire & Rubber Co. found itself at a crossroads in the early 1980s. The tire company founded by Harry McCreary in 1915 was in dire straits financially after more than 60 years of success. Bankruptcy was perhaps the most logical course of action.
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.